Your Character Design Challenge this week is to create the most awesome character illustration possible showing your interpretation of an alchemist! In actual history, alchemists were Medieval proto-chemists who undertook the trasmutation of one element into another, typified by the quest to turn lead into gold.
In fantasy fiction terms, alchemists are basically wizards who accomplish their magic by brewing potions and tinctures.
The person with the winning entry as selected by our expert panel (i.e. me) will win their choice of a) a portrait to go in HeroMachine 3, b) an item to go in HeroMachine 3, or c) a custom black and white "Sketch of the Day" style drawing (also by me). The rules otherwise are the same as always:
- All entries must be in JPG or PNG form (BMPs are too big), posted to a publicly accessible website (like ImageShack, PhotoBucket, the UGO Forums, whatever);
- Entries must be made as a comment or comments to this post, containing a link directly to the image and the character name;
- The image cannot have been used in any previous HeroMachine character design contest;
- Please name your files as [your name]-[character name].[file extension] before you upload it. So DiCicatriz, for instance, would save his "Bayou Belle" character image as DiCicatriz-BayouBelle.png.
- Please make the link go directly to the image (like this) and not to a hosting jump page (like this). See this post on how to get the direct link for most sites.
- All entries must be in by next Monday, when I'll choose a winner.
No limit on entries this week, so knock yourselves out. Just make them good!
Nothing resolves an imbalance of the humours like a tincture of mercury.
This is where a table or maybe a cauldron would come in handy Jeff lol
I don’t see a table or cauldron in the sample image and he looks pretty bad-ass 🙂
Think of it as an opportunity to be creative.
I actually agree with jeff this character is pretty cool
I Think that picture looks cool too, but man, I bet he jingles and jangles every where he goes.
Yeah He’s pretty bad-ass
One of the first men to… (Fly?) (Try to fly?) No, the first man to crash into a helicopter while attempting to use canvas wings. This guy’s a bit behind the times…
Well, in the world I’ve been working on, the use of alchemy mutates the user, with the most common result of becoming a human-animal hybrid. Alchemy was banned and alchemists forced into hiding after an alchemist used blood to create powerful and plentiful beings of blood and nearly took over the known world. However, even though the use of alchemy and the knowledge of how was lost, some of the alchemists had been mutated to live forever, or at least, close to forever, and had survived. These are just a few:
A fore mentioned alchemist who used blood, known as the Bloodmaster.
Human-eagle hybrid, Saraka, messenger for the remaining mutated alchemists.
Human-snake hybrid, Barakudda, most in tune with the Legion of Alchemy, the alchemy beings that have not yet entered the world.
Let’s see if I have the time to make some entries for this. Just in case, though, I’m entering an older work.
Tybalt the alchemist sheriff, a character in a DnD game I took part in. Generic, but it’ll have to do, for now.
My entry: The Moon-elf pyrotechnician
A horrible alchemist, things tend to blow up in his face. This time, of course, it happened quite literally.
Here’s my entry:
Previously just an alchemist’s apprentice, Lucretia took on the role of Royal Alchemist after her master died. He died before she had finished her training, so she still has much to learn.
Entry #1: Loranth Traniel
Here be Hiram, a nomadic alchemist who travels from village to village to sell his many odd concoctions.
One of the first alchemists, Celestrian and his cauldron have created alot of things we still use to this day.
Here is Fulguria http://fc00.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2012/177/8/4/fulguria_by_starfighterace_421-d54ygwb.png
Decided to be more humorous this time. This potion obviously didn’t turn out as planned.
Ever wanted to learn the practice of alchemy? Pursuing an alchemical major? Then Introduction to Alchemy (ALC 0101) with Master Molvario is for you!
Oh hey, I forgot to name my file properly. I’ll fix that tomorrow.
Pha Ra Saul- The Fully Muscled Alchemist!
Public Service Announcement
Remember to name your FILE with your user name as part of the name. The key word is FILE. Not link, not folder, not album. FILE. If you right click your image and save it to your hard drive and it doesn’t contain your user name than it hasn’t been named correctly. Your image will be disqualified if this is the case.
Example of Correct Naming: dblade_MostAwesomeAlchemist.png
Examples of InCorrect Naming: MostAwesomeAlchemist.png, fxxs1120004d12334.jpg, hm3-beta.png, contest.jpg
Note: I’ve taken it upon myself to be the guardian of the naming rule so Jeff doesn’t have to repeat himself every contest.
sniff. I love you, man.
My first entry Walker an early 20th century alchemist: http://img842.imageshack.us/img842/1060/wildcardwalker.png
Here’s my first entry ever!
Lycandros the elven Alchemist
Yeah I went back to Sebastian_978 lol
So, here is Cauldron-man from the planet Caldreria. He came to Earth to show other Alchemists how to properly mix Cauldreian fumes which come out orange when mixed on Earth.
Actually I just figured out how to make a larger cauldron and figured I’d make a person/alien out of it lol
Great! You’re still not naming your file correctly, though. Before you upload it, add your name to the name of the file, so the name of the file is Sebastian978-Cauldron-man2.png.
Before you upload it, look at it on your hard drive. You should see it listed as Sebastian978-Cauldron-man2.png no matter where you put it.
While you’re uploading it, look at the info box and see if the name of the file is Sebastian978-Cauldron-man2.png.
Once it’s done uploading, click on it and look at the address bar in your browser. Find the last slash in the address. The part after that ought to be Sebastian978-Cauldron-man2.png. Ignore everything before the last slash.
After you upload it, try downloading it to your desktop from PhotoBucket. Look at the file once it’s downloaded and make sure it is still named Sebastian978-Cauldron-man2.png.
Let me repeat and put it in bold since this doesn’t seem to be getting through to an alarming number of people:
Before you upload your entry to PhotoBucket or anywhere else, look at it on your computer. It should have YOUR NAME on it, AND the CHARACTER’S NAME on it, BEFORE YOU UPLOAD IT ANYWHERE.
If anyone does not know how to rename files on their hard drive, see this article for Windows or or this one for the Mac.
Again, the name of the file on your hard drive before you upload it should be (in this case) Sebastian978-Cauldron-man2.png. Ignore PhotoBucket. Just look at it on your hard drive and only look at the name of the file.
I’m a grumpy old man and I like my stuff to be right because I’m too mentally fatigued to fix it. Or you can just think of me as a big fat jerk, which is also true. Either way, to paraphrase the great chef from “My Drunk Kitchen“, “Name yo’ shit.”
Drago/Seb. Whichever name you prefer to use, please please heed the advice given not only in the rules at the top of the post, but also in basically every second post within the post which you are posting in.
No matter which name you use….
It’s not Sebastian978 its Sebastian_978 so it is named right. The _ is part of the name.
So, are you telling me the – has to in between my name and the name of the character instead of / between the names?
The underscore is irrelevant, as that’s in the FOLDER NAME and not in the FILE NAME. Your folder could be named JIGGERYDO and it wouldn’t matter as I WILL NEVER SEE THAT.
Re-read what I wrote, especially the part about downloading it and then looking at the name of the file. Or the part about only looking at the part after the LAST slash. Or the part about looking at it on your hard drive instead of on PhotoBucket. Or every other word in that comment or the half dozen other comments on exactly the same subject by four other people.
It’s like you’re putting a check in an envelope and signing the envelope instead of the check. The bank doesn’t care that your signature used to be on the envelope because they throw that away when they take your check out. Then all they’re left with is an unsigned check, which doesn’t do them any good.
I’m done explaining it. If you can’t figure this out then I’ll be in the position of the bank come judging time, holding an unsigned check that’s completely useless to me.
The / is not part of the file name. That indicates different folders or directories on the server. Anything before the slash will never appear as the name of the file. Pretend it doesn’t exist. Ignore everything BEFORE the last slash.
When you look at it on your hard drive BEFORE YOU UPLOAD IT the file name needs to be Sebastian_978-CharacterName.png. BEFORE YOU UPLOAD IT. You’re getting confused by the full address with all the slashes and the directories. Just focus on making sure it’s right BEFORE YOU UPLOAD IT.
Ok this is Caldron-man
And Alchemist Celestrian
Both are Alchemist, and both are to specs for the contest. I think.
Perfect! Well done, thank you for sticking with it. Most excellent!
Should have told you I’m gonna be you computer illiterate, smart-ass, problem child bro. But hey, I am trying lol
I’m really glad you did, it kills me to skip entries.
These entries will be the first of mine you can consider then. I should win, just for finally getting it right lol j/k
Here is my entry, an alchemist named Albert Canforth. He is a travelling medicine seller in the veins of the medicine seller of Mononoke. He travels the land, selling his wares from his case which also contains the tools of his trade.
Here is my entry.
This is the Telekinetic Alchemist.
Sniff. I have failed you, Master Hebert. Despite my intentions you had to enter the octagon and drop kick some knowledge on the masses. I couldn’t have it done it better. 🙂
My excuse: I fell asleep reading to my daughter.
my alchamist :3
I hope I posted this right. This Idea just would not let go. http://image81.webshots.com/81/8/31/49/2021831490095826089jgDKpJ_ph.jpg
I messed up with the naming of the file but i think this is right if not plz let me know
From where I stand, you had your priorities in order. Good man.
Took my time with this one. Hope it shows.
The Alchemist of Pure Love The Strongest Magic in the World
Hope you like it 🙂
its 4am and my insomnia is kicking in high gear, so I thought I would spend some time working on the contest, enjoy.
so jeff one question are we allowed to make two posts
In two picture in one post or to entry? You make a lot of entry if you want. But my personnal advice only one picture in one post. But no restricted entry number.
You can make as many posts as you like. Some people prefer to do one entry per comment, others would rather wait and put all their entries into one comment. It doesn’t matter to me one way or the other, whatever you want is fine.
The ultimate goal in alchemy was not the transmutation of base metals, but the transmutation of the soul. The final stage of the Magnum Opus was the fusion of elements, male and female, spirit and matter.
ok thanks jeff and harlequin
zespero (mechanical alchemist): http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m580/Ryan_Bonmon/ryan_zespero.png
zespero close up: http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m580/Ryan_Bonmon/ryan_zesperocloseup.png (due to the injuries from the crash he is now mechanical and also he is discovering jupiter)
zespero is a mechanical alchemist that crashed landed into jupiter because earth was destroyed by a meteor so he wishes to create his friend auto max 2000
Here is my entry. I’m not sure if this guy would make a better hero or a villain.
Modern alchemists work behind the bar. From the looks of this disco-dandy, he doesn’t serve a lot of women there!
He also watches too much “Magnum P. I.”
Alchemist Aldonza Fer Delance
my entry : alchimist of midnight
“…yes, well people in Hell want ice water.”
My entry is the ‘Forest Spirit’, a small impish character that bring remedies to those lost or sick in the forest.
Bombchemist loves to mix stuff up and blow up stuff. He puts his explosive mixtures in grenades, dynamite, bullets etc and nothing and no one is safe. His favorite is napalm which he used in the buildings seen behind him in this seen.
This is a guy from a parallel fantasy world where instead of magic and science, there is a blend of the two (alchemy). In this world there are two kinds of alchemists: the good kind (who work with transmuting elements and so forth), and the outlaw alchemists (who break the cardinal rule of alchemy by creating artificial life known as homunculi or golems). There is a man who has come to be known as the Hunter Alchemist, because he uses the power of alchemy to hunt down and kill homunculi. Here is the Hunter Alchemist:
my niece wanted to make on. she’s only 10. here’s genisis the clumsy alchemist
She turned out more black smith-y than Alchemist, but I’m submitting anyway, darn it!
3 errors. first error the link name what you have is not valid why not type : whiskyradio_clumsy alchemist. and second error the picture is too small you got to make it bigger so we can see. and third error when you put your cursor on your picture click on direct link
The early alchemists didn’t change lead to gold, but they did turn grapes into booze!
Just some girl who decided to dabble in alchemy. When she discovered how well she could turn lead into gold, she became obsessed. Now she is Consumed By Greed. (She also uses her alchemy skills for witchcraft)
1st: Lady Citrinitas Rubedo, earned her name through studying the art of alchemy. She came close many times but the magnum opus still eludes her. Her experiments earned her the nickname. She learned though, how to keep her youth, through an Elixir she discovered.
2nd: Sir Kaliss is one of the Keepers of the Alchemical Secrets in his tribe. Because they are hunted by others for their secrets of youth, they learned how to blend into their native forest.
3rd: Master Eritlor is a Techno-Alchemist. He carries his “laboratory” in his pack and also uses technology to find the chemicals he needs for his experiments to produce the magnum opus of the alchemical world, the Philosopher’s Stone.
4th: Rafkta Ishmatri. While he may look “evil”, his species is one of peace. He studies alchemy for the betterment of his species. He uses magick to find the chemicals he needs to create the Elixir of Life and the Philosopher’s Stone
5th: Madame Nos an Alchemical Genius in her realm, she find what she needs using her knowledge and intuition and draws them up.
I kept one symbol throughout all the pictures, which is the Alchemy sign “Squaring the Circle” for the Philosopher’s Stone. I hope you enjoyed!
Now, I can go and have a look-see at all the other Awesome Entries! Good Luck Everyone!
Needs more salt…
The Mix Wizard; brewing your finest poisons since before you knew you needed them.
ALSO, I have a DeviantArt account and I’d like to post things from there, but I’m technologically illiterate and don’t know how to do it right. For some reason, every time I try, the picture is either not on it’s own page, or becomes renamed something like 5752230987HG0872923GH2FF78924 in its link file thingamadoo. Any advice?
Delirious: If you’ve got firefox or Chrome, right-clik on your picture, and do the “display the picture” thing. You should have only the picture on screen.
Copy the link in the toolbar, and paste it here.
BUT make sure that your name appears in the filename, or you won’t be able to compete!
Hope that helps.
this is Felix Faust. Felix is a traveling alchemist who goes to different parts of the world for special herbs that he uses in his potions.
This demented elf like to mix concoctions that will burn his body. His tribal tattoo’s (no those aren’t suspenders) magically keep his body from being harmed by fire, so it just turns out to be a really neat show. Don’t try this at home, he’s a professional/magical elf.
this is Just the same as my last entry. I’m posting it again because I get the message that it is Forbidden, You don’t have permission to access it on this server.
So i set the file to public and here it is again
My husband believes this guy is formulating a new kind of beard shampoo.
@ Lime: Actually, she’s invented Rogaine! 🙂
Dr. Jekyll counts as an alchemist, right?
It still says forbidden. Contact Jeff, he helped me out alot.
Alchemist of the 60’s.
European alchemists may have been after the secrets of turning lead into gold, but Chinese alchemists sought out the secrets of immortality. At 400 years old, it’s rumored that Li Quan Song may know the secrets of the Grand Elixer.
John was just another Alchemist work for Big Science, Inc. The company was known for it’s ambitious projects and John thought himself lucky when he got appointed the head of their biggest research project – turning lead into gold.
Six months later, he didn’t think himself lucky any more. He had yet to make any progress and was facing a demotion at best and being dismissed at worst. While working on his latest formula, the beaker exploded in his hand.
‘Success!’ He thought, watching the piece of lead on the table become gold. His excitement was cut short when he noticed his arms start to change. Looking down, he was terrified to discover he was turning into what appeared to be lead. Realizing the formula must work both ways, he cursed himself for not removing his watch and wedding band as his skin fell away. It was then he noticed the feeling in his mouth and was horrified when he deducted some of the solution must have gotten into his mouth and affected his gold filling.
The next morning his coworkers found a bar of gold on the table and a puddle that looked like liquified skin.
Royal Alchemist Atilio Bolivar
Here are mine, first up, Alcazar the Alchemist, working under a bit of pressure…..
And Dr. Homunculus, Brewing up someone interesting….he hopes
mmmm–here’s hoping actions define better than looks . . .
This will probably be my only entry…I decided to put two characters in one.
Twin Alchemists that travel the country side using their skills to extort money from people. The one on the left is the oldest and more skilled. The one on the right (The Faceless Alchemist) has fused his left arm with machine parts.
Side Note: I’m surprised that we’ve gone through an alchemist contest and no one has mentioned Full Metal Alchemist…maybe people aren’t interested in Anime like me 😉
It does. Very nice.
Am i not too late? Upgraded version of my entry.
Money from Trees
The Midas Touch
Youth and Age
Ok, so I’d like to post my second entry from DeviantArt rather than Photobucket, but the image file name is a bunch of goobledeegop:
I’m pretty sure I didn’t name the file “ba56999cf6d01412f4b71e597d04ec7b-d55ip0q.”
Here’s the Photobucket image:
No problem with file name on this end. Maybe DeviantArt just has it out for me.
ANYWAY… Lantern the techno alchemist. I guess he’s some kind of homage to Bioshock…? meh.
5.(this is an old one i made during a story i have currently put aside for now) http://www.heromachine.com/wp-content/legacy/forum-image-uploads/dc-lover/2012/06/the-alchemst.jpg
The first Alchemist inspires the first Hunter!
…and so began the rise to civilization!
So my attempt for the Alchemist Contest.
The title is One More Magic Potion.
The idea behind this picture is to i think the witches are also use alchemist to make potions.
p.s.: The title is not my idea, there is a song with this title. THX for Ensiferum. Kiitos
I Love FMA and anime in general (YAY ANIME FANS!!!) My entry the Hunter Alchemist was actually inspired by Edward Elric.
Here is my lateish entry. Based around the Trappist Monks, who outside of their Christian duties spend a heck of a lot of time producing fantastic craft beer. Cheers.
Outta nowhere, I know, but I just have to.
I participated in a couple of contests a while ago, and am checking the Heromachine every now and then (there, I introduced myself). 🙂
What do I want? Well, here’s what: I think it would be pretty cool if there was a horse, frontal view, among the items, so we could create something like this:
What do you guys think? Jeff, sir?
Thanks, cheers to all.
Crimson was once a normal human, always using alchemy to try to achieve immortality. He one day discovered how to make himself live forever, but it had an unexpected draw back: he couldn’t die, but he could still age. Now he roams a desolate world as the only thing still living, searching for the right ingredients just to let him die. Driven mad by years of watching loved ones, and eventually the entire human race, die off, all he wants is to join his people in the bliss of eternal sleep.
I see the inspiration nice job very cool image…glad to find another FMA fan
This is Alverus. By day he’s a simple alchemist, mixing potions and creating elixirs. By night he’s a sorcerer and necromancer, practicing the dark arts. He owns a small apothecary hidden in the forest where he conducts his dangerous experiments. Currently he is devloping a resurrection elixir, used to bring the dead back to life.
this alchemist is equipped for gathering some ingredients on location. his equipment has been conceived so he can collect hose ingredients, put them on a bowl, take one flask on his left hand, pour a few drops on the bowl to see if it’s the right thing ( with its reaction, said reaction he can easily see or smell), put back the flask and put the ingredient on a pocket, all that with one hand. this can be usefull when you only have one hand available, like when you’re hanging on a cliff.
Here’s my Steampunk Alchemist. Gonna be out for the next two weeks so I figured I’d try my best for this one. :p
Now this is a little effeminate, I mean so much so that it makes you sick, but here it is:
Harlequin’s fan service on.
– So i’m little boring to everytime need to shown what is the good method to enter in the contest.
So if you made a correct entry mode you have chance.
This is your direct link for the picture
But it’s not good because your name not seen in the file name. So if i give you advice, registry in the forum, and after shown here your picture. Deviantart not really good for this, because rename the files.
Harlequin’s fan service off.
Last minute entry. More for my own fun then anything else. I was trying to go for an eccentric look.
Title: Steampunk meets Alchemist
Before its too late i post it in black and white.
When i have more time i color that later.
Mr Tipp is my steampunk android alchemist thing:
Actually here’s a revised version, just changed something small but i think it needs it:
Like many professions, Alchemists employ assistants and understudies:
Gary the Alchemist and his Apprentice Steve
still trying, tried a different site
A native of Carpathia, Otho (“the Lunatical”) Arbagastumiel was one of the few successful alchemists of his time, “successful” being a relative term. Though he never converted lead into gold or found the Elixir of Life, he did manage to convert haggis into something edible, once, and found the Elixir of No Indigestion For About Two Weeks. Mostly he was adept at converting the gullible into cash. He died in a Pomeranian prison, maintaining `til the end that the pope was from Neptune.
Ok, I have finally figured out how to do this, and how to email myself the link, so next week maybe, who knows? P.S. Sorry If I annoyed any one!
When its not too late my entry in color:
This is still not right, unfortunately. I mean, you have posted an image and a link which is good, but I really need the file to be named KEric-CharacterName.jpg. Otherwise, I can’t tell who made what after I’ve downloaded all the files to my computer so I can judge them.
E-mail me at email@example.com if you need more help.
OK folks, entries are now closed and I am starting The Judging. Thanks for all your creativity!
OK, connectivity here at the airport is crap, so winners (and the new caption contest) won’t be posted till later this afternoon when I’m back home and off work. Sorry for the delay.
I know this was posted a couple of days ago (and the contest is closed), but I just had to ask – does anyone else think she looks like Mary Elizabeth Winstead?